Plans by Apple to develop 3D glasses which will make it possible for people to watch videos on the move has been revealed in a patent application, to the US Patent and Technology Office, published this month. The product nicknamed ‘iSpecs’ by technology enthusiasts, hopes to provide the same quality of experience to users as currently received in 3D cinemas around the world. Users will be able to watch their favourite programs on the iPhone or iPad in the glasses through lenses that projects images on the screen with a 3D illusion by splitting the image into two different frames for each eye.
In addition to using stereoscopic imaging, the glasses may also be made to vibrate during films to improve viewing experience. The patent application explained that the device would be fitted with infra-red sensors embedded in the frames that would detect movement or if anything approached the wearer which will pop-up a real-time video in the glasses to warn the user. Other possible additions include voice control (through an attached microphone) and head-movement control for playbacks, tuning or switching the device on and off.
Unfortunately Apple Inc. has a policy not to comment on patents therefore no one knows if or when the ‘iSpecs’ will eventually be released into the market. Meanwhile, there are already 3D glasses on the market which are compatible with the iPhone although most of these work by plugging a wire from the glasses to the device.
Would you like to watch high-definition 3D video while on the move?